Garcia's 10th-inning homer leads White Sox over Twins 3-1
Apr 17 2017 by Dustin Murphy
In Target Field's eight seasons, Dozier's was just the second inside-the-park homer by a Twin. This weekend series against the White Sox was a tough one for the 28-year-old right-hander, who allowed a total of three runs in his two appearances.
With a runner at third and two outs in the 10th inning, Avisail Garcia swung hard and missed on the first pitch he saw against Minnesota reliever Ryan Pressly. Mauer, Sano and Polanco each had RBI hits before Kepler lined a ball straight down the right-field line.
"It's one of those special ones that's going to be marked down in one of the record history books here", Twins Manager Paul Molitor said. "I think the important thing is I was more confident". "I thought we'd let it play out, thought he might be due to make an out".
"It's just kind of a chance to kind of break the monotony real quick, and call timeout and just run out there and tell him he looks good or something", Gimenez joked after the game. "I've got a lot of confidence he's going to bounce back and throw a good game (Friday) for us". Quintana did walk six last June during a loss in Boston, for what it's worth. Minnesota heads home after beating the Detroit Tigers 11-5 on Thursday and splitting its six-game trip.
That's how effortlessly Santana carved through the same lineup he shut down six days earlier on the South Side of Chicago. Of Davidson's 8 hits this season, 5 of them have been for extra bases. Covey will need his command against Minnesota.
The only run he allowed came on a groundout from Jason Castro in the second inning. His season ended in May because of an oblique injury. "I felt more comfortable. I feel like I'm ready to go". That had been the last such homer anywhere by a Twin until Dozier delivered his second of the year.
While the comeback never materialized, another stellar outing by Tyler Duffey gives the Twins a great option for a fifth starter or someone to spot start in case of a minor injury to another starter.
"I said, 'If you would've listened to me and just thrown a fastball in we'd have thrown a no-hitter, '" he said with a laugh. "Our defense has been pretty good, and our pitching has been really good, so it's nice to get a series win".
Leury has appeared in six games for the White Sox this year, while Avisail has appeared in all eight and now leads the league in batting average at.452.
PHILLIES 4, NATIONALS 2 Cesar Hernandez hit a tiebreaking, two-run home run off Joe Blanton in the eighth inning, and Philadelphia beat Washington to stop a four-game losing streak.
"He's simplifying it, and trying to keep his approach in a particular way, trying not to do too much", Sox manager Rick Renteria said. Chicago 3B Todd Frazier left the game after striking out in the fourth.